Wolves gamble on Arsenal being cowards away from home. They win.

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Aaaaahhhghgghggggggghhhhhhhh…

The Emery HOME WIN train derailed predictably yesterday.

Come on, be honest, you knew we’d tank against Palace, and you knew we’d tank against Wolves.

Am I going to sit here and lambast the coach today?

No. What’s the point. Those players should be fucking ashamed of themselves. They can get themselves up for the sexy games, then utterly melt when it matters against shite teams they should be dealing with.

Last night, there was no belief a win was coming. You can tell me Emery prepped the players on what Wolves are like, but I’m struggling to believe anyone was paying attention. Is it a boredom issue? A translation problem? Or the reality that the cancer in the squad is the ghost of Wenger?

Regardless, we don’t have the bottle. Players turning away from well-struck freekicks? Are you joking? FACE UP LADS, FACE UP. Sunday League basics. I never call out Steve Bould, but come on Steve, where are you on that one? Those players in that wall should be locked in medieval stocks and have 1966 leather balls fired at their faces until they scream maniaclly that they are enjoying the learning process.

You should not have to be teaching people like Xhaka not to turn away when they are in their mid-twenties. What a disaster. In fact, I vividly remember being told by a friends dad at 10 that bravery can’t be taught, you’re either going to put your body on the line for your team, or you’ll be a coward. Maybe this isn’t a Bouldy thing? Maybe it’s a rancid attitude to BRITISH FOOTBALLING VALUES. Fucking hell, get me HARD BREXIT on the phone, I have some additional LEAVE thoughts.

Additionally: Where are the, ‘we really missed Xhaka’ crowd today? He’s simply not good enough to be an elite footballer. The fact anyone missed him says a lot about the state of play.

I love Lacazette, he has more swag than MJ (before we knew he was a pedo), but he’s scored 6 goals away from home this year. He’s not a strong player and he gets eaten alive in those physical games.

In fact, it’s fair to say that the whole squad lacks physicality. Not an issue when you’re playing powder puff teams like Napoli. A huge problem when you’re playing a team that has been built on a brief of caps-locked ‘POWER AND PACE.’

I tell you who we did miss. Aaron Ramsey. A PROPER athlete.

I think Emery has done a tremendous job this season on the face of it, but for me, it’s tough to say he’s not a little culpable for the debacle of the last two games. He made a drunk gamble at the weekend when he played a pathetically weak side against a solid Palace that was always going to take advantage of any signs of weakness. That decision wasn’t an acceptable mistake after we paid the same price against Everton. Our biggest opportunity was to bag the home win with a big starting 11, then roll the dice on Wolves with a team that had momentum with it.

He gambled wrong. Hey, we’ve all been there at 3 in the morning, 10 beers deep, in our pants, staking the mortgage on black after we’ve broken into a friend’s Paddy Power account. Just a shame Emery had precedent for the Palace game, he should have played a smarter risk.

However, he’ll get by this season because there are so many drossy players on the outskirts of the 12-14 players that are good enough.

We are still in with a chance on top four, we’ve just multiplied the difficulty.

On a positive note, I think Emery will fancy his chances on the Europa League. Valencia will be an easy tie, and he knows he can get his players up for the big games… so Chelsea in the final will look appetising for him.

I just find it hard to compute what a disappointment this squad is, because yesterday wasn’t about ability, it was about focus, motivation and fight. We didn’t have any of that.

… let’s hope we can stretch that £45m this summer. There is a huge rebuild needed, if we don’t get it right, Arsenal will be an irrelevance for many years to come.

Welcome to what 10 years of neglect brings you… the real ‘careful what you wish for’ was always ‘careful what you stick with.’

What did YOU think? Share in the comments if you agree with me… x

475 Responses to “Wolves gamble on Arsenal being cowards away from home. They win.”

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  1. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    Yea, there is no agenda, I simply believe a better manager should be able to showcase his skills with the exact same players as the previous ones. Proving a difference between Emery and Wenger in terms of coaching ability. That’s number one.

    The other factors at play are precisely that, I’m not sure why you’re so averse to them. Lacazette had a seasons acclimation, Auba is playing his first full campaign after only half a season last term, we bought 70 mil worth of talent that invariably replaced lesser players in the XI.

    Are any of those assertions incorrect according to you?

    Yea, Ozil’s wages prevented more incomings perhaps. But that doesn’t make a lick of difference to the season beyond speculation. The squad this season is better than last seasons, no?

  2. Un Na naai

    Bamford
    Do you think TR7’s financial analogy is evidence that so many arsenal fans are scratching our heads and wondering why Brighton are outspending us? Had you any experience of the U.K. you’d know how absurd that notion is

    Disclaimer
    Tr7
    I really enjoy your contributions and posts but I disagree on this particular line of logic.

  3. Redtruth

    WengerEagle
    “Emery’s last season went from finishing on 76 points with a +26 GD just e=being pipped for 4th to finishing miles back in 7th on 52 points with a paltry GD of +1. Won just 14 matches in the league while losing 14 matches. Failed to win a single La Liga or CL match away from home all season.”

    WengerEagle having a shocker….
    Sevilla entered the Champions league for the first time then dropped into the Europa league leaving their Squad stretched hence poor results in La Liga….you f***** idiot..

  4. Paulinho

    “The squad this season is better than last seasons, no?”

    Asks that with a straight face with Holding, Bellerin, Welbeck all out for the season before Xmas.

    But no agenda, of course.

  5. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    What’s the agenda exactly, do share seeing as you’re apparently so in tune with me. More-so than me hilariously.

    Ahh, there we go, our season is pony because we lost those three to injury. I can reminisce now back in the summer where we all talked about how this season hinged on Welbz , Rob, and Hector.

  6. Paulinho

    That’s what is so funny, Charlie. You keep trying to rebrand your silly argument with a more objective slant and still leave yourself wide open.

  7. jwl

    Another way to free up some cash is to reduce number of people Arsenal employ. I remember a Wenger quote from a few years ago about how club had seven people working in office when he first arrived and now we employ more than six hundred people doing God know what. How about we reduce front office staff by half and there would be even more cash for players. Arsenal are bloated org full of witless players and huge bureaucracy not really contribute anything.

  8. Radio Raheem

    I’m conflicted. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much as I have reading Gannon’s comments the last 24hours 🙂
    More defeats more laughs. Imagine losing our way to top 4 haha

  9. jwl

    I wonder how Benny and his son did at Wolves match, what a shite game to go watch, his father in law must have been insufferable with gloating.

  10. Dissenter

    jwl
    “Another way to free up some cash is to reduce number of people Arsenal employ. I remember a Wenger quote from a few years ago about how club had seven people working in office when he first arrived and now we employ more than six hundred people doing God know what. How about we reduce front office staff by half and there would be even more cash for players. Arsenal are bloated org full of witless players and huge bureaucracy not really contribute anything.”

    In the same vein we have a director of footballing operations earning millions
    …yet we need a director of football/tech director?

  11. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    You do this every time you’re questioned, ignore the subject of debate and start a monologue about how the other posters logic is unraveling and inconsistent. It’s predictable.

    My argument hasn’t been rebranded once, its permeated as you offered up excuse after excuse but the crux is precisely what it’s always been. You’ve just not offered much besides shit attacks and childish remarks.

  12. salpardisenyc

    WE

    Incredible stat that not winning a single game on road w/ Sevilla in final season, touched on that yesterday. Mindblower, in league and Europe.

  13. Paulinho

    “I can reminisce now back in the summer where we all talked about how this season hinged on Welbz , Rob, and Hector.”

    And you show yourself up again. If you were in any way objective and agenda-free you wouldn’t have dismissed the importance of those three players,all three being integral parts of our first team at the time they were injured.

    Acquire some objectivity and start again.

  14. Champagne charlie

    “all three being integral parts of our first team at the time they were injured.”

    Welbeck has played 148 mins of premier league football this season. Does integral have another application I’m not familiar with?

    Holding was a miss, he was playing well, Bellerin however is open to debate as far as i’m concerned. So let’s go ahead and call it two ‘integral’ players, objectivity and all that.

    If you think losing those two guys to injury somehow renders this seasons squad inferior to lasts seasons then I’ve not much else to say. Bellerin played 18 PL games this season, Holding 9. To think we’re suddenly at. loss because our first choice RB only plays half a season is exactly the sort of agenda you’ve been desperately citing.

  15. Paulinho

    “If you think losing those two guys to injury somehow renders this seasons squad inferior to lasts seasons then I’ve not much else to say”

    Self-awareness at last, yet still disingenuous to the last when they assessing their importance to the squad in modern world of rotation (there is a thing called the Europa as well).

    “suddenly at a loss” Bit of hyperbole for good measure.

  16. WengerEagle

    Sterling or VVD for POTY?

    Pretty close call, VVD nicks it for me. Best individual season for a CB in the PL since John Terry in 2005 for me.

    And Terry had Carvalho who was world class as a partner, VVD has Matip.

  17. jwl

    Yes, Dissenter, that what I thinking. I remember there was overlap in fitness/medical staff as well and I wonder how many people in our scouting department and what do they contribute to Arsenal?

    Emery has his flaws for sure but he takes too much blame for Arsenal inadequacies.

  18. Champagne charlie

    WE

    Sterling all day long for me, VVD’s influence as good as it is, can be attributed to him where it isn’t necessarily his doing. Sterlings influence is unequivocal in that sense for me.

    He’s gone from good player, to great player inside 18months. To think some laughed at the prospect of swapping him for Alexis way back when. If only we did.

  19. SpainishDave

    If Emery fails to get us 4th and fails to win the losers cup he should go.
    The defence is no better , midfield is dross, tippy tippy is a disease in the club, we are still over 20 points from the top 2. Spurs have lost 11 games and we are still behind them.
    We have 5 games left and Emery’s trying to rotate!!!

  20. Un Na naai

    Rt
    Terry was imperious in 05 and for the next 10 years
    He was England’s best defender from 04 onwards
    I’d go so afar as to say only Campbell and Adams compare in modern history

  21. Charlie George

    “”””Incredible stat that not winning a single game on road w/ Sevilla in final season””””

    Not really- if Unai is in charge…

    Emery finished 2nd in one horse race in France

    He is trying to outdo the above two horror shows by finishing 6th in a 4 horse race.

    Folk comparing the incomparable heavyweight Arsene Wenger to this flyweight Emery- you should be totally ashamed of yourselves.

    Wengers successor should have been a man of similar stature- not this journeyman.

    6 goals shipped in three days- The Foxes on the prowl – pain is in store…

    Buy Leicester goals!

  22. Un Na naai

    Rio Ferdinand was always overrated though
    His best two weeks were in Korea 02 and it was all down hill from there

  23. TR7

    VVD the player of the year for me, he is an absolute monster of a defender. Sterling has the likes of KDB, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Aguero , Sane etc. helping him whereas VVD basically helps others around him play at a higher level.

  24. Un Na naai

    Every time we say goodbye baby it hurts
    When the sun goes down
    And the band won’t play
    I’ll always remember you this way

  25. Charlie George

    Azed

    “””Heavy weight Wenger shipped 8 in one game.”””

    Wenger has managed to go two seasons unbeaten in away games alone in the hardest league In world soccer.

    Emery did not win one away game in his last season in Sevilla alone.

    Analyse that:

    He is Spanish – therefore knows the culture of his own league.
    It was his third season.
    So he knew his players

    And yet he still did not win one away game that season..?

    Flabbergasting..

  26. Valentin

    There is a stats on Twitter that said that this season premiership Arsenal is the team with Burnley and Cardiff who given the less minutes to academy debutant.

    In total it is Willock two minutes and Nkethia 23 minutes.

    I can understand Cardiff coming from the Championship. Burnley makes sense with Sean Dyche idiosyncratic style of big striker running a lot demand physical players.
    But we have less than Chelsea who at least played Hudson-Odoi.
    Less than ManCity who used Phil Foden.

    That is really a complete shame that just when we need to rebuild the club and the team we are ignoring the best crop of academy players the club ever had in a long time.

  27. Valentin

    Here is another set of stats that kind of disprove Emery has improved us defensively.
    This season with still 3 games to go
    Arsenal goals conceded 45
    Expected goals against 47.3

    Last season
    Goals conceded 51
    Expected Goals against 48.1

    No improvement defensively at all.

  28. Ishola70

    Wenger left the club as a Europa League side, the signings in the summer were Europa League standard even if one or two can improve to real high quality players in the future and the club is overseen by an owner who has zero footballing vision for the club.

    That the club still has a chance of CL football is a bonus due to the turmoil at Chelsea this season but even if Arsenal qualify for the CL in the current state they are not a serious CL contender just as it was in Wenger’s later years.

    So much to do and change at the club in the coming years. The other alternative is inaction and as you were which will lead to further stagnation albeit even if it is quiet stagnation and maybe a few cup runs where fans can pretend that the club is a real relevance at the serious top end. Sounds familiar? Yes we have been having this quiet stagnation for a good few years now under Wenger previously.

    Clean brush sweep through the club needed including a new owner.

  29. azed

    “Emery did not win one away game in his last season in Sevilla alone.”

    How many did Wenger win in his last season? The last time Wenger competed for the EPL was when it was a two horse race and he never defended the EPL once when all he had to do was beat Man U.

    Wenger 0,Nada, nil European trophies in over 20 years on management.

  30. Ishola70

    The fixation from those such as Valentin on Emery is misguided.

    As another poster stated Arsenal as a football club are damaged goods if we are talking about challenging and winning at the very highest level. This is regardless of manager. Was there a miracle worker available last summer to turn this ambling ship around?

  31. Globalgunner

    If Sterling had cone to us he would have stagnated. Remained Pony just as he was , just like Walcott at all. There is c=something in the water at London Colney that addles the brain. We need an exorcist to clean the bad spirits out.

    Coaching is what has made the difference with Sterling. If he continues with Pep he will be mega in 2-3 years

  32. salpardisenyc

    Emery can have his Europa league’s, I’ll take topping the prem over Europes cut rate competition always, although 2000 was a real stinger.

    Champions league another story.

    How Wenger didn’t win from 2002-2006 is one of his biggest faults imo.

  33. Redtruth

    “How Wenger didn’t win from 2002-2006 is one of his biggest faults imo.”

    Arsenal had an appalling record in Europe during that period…check your history.

  34. Redtruth

    Arsenal Champions league record 2002-2006:

    2001-02: Knocked out in Phase 2 Group Stages
    2002-03: Knocked out in Phase 2 Group Stages.
    2003-04: Quarter-Finals beaten by Chelsea.
    2004-05: Last 16 Round
    2005-06: Runners-Up

  35. Pierre

    Azed
    Will only be a matter of time before reality sinks in with you also .

    I’m sure the doubts about Emery have already started to fester . I admire you for your loyalty to Emery but I’m afraid it’s a misplaced loyalty..

  36. Dissenter

    Why are people suprised about the possible low transfer budget
    We have made colossal mistakes in allowing too many players run out their contracts; Ramsey and Welbeck should have fetched us at least 70 million
    It’s only fair that our summer budget reflect our errors,
    Once the cake is eaten, it is gone.

  37. MidwestGun

    I’m sure the doubts about Ozil have already started to fester . I admire you for your loyalty to Ozil but I’m afraid it’s a misplaced loyalty..
    _____
    Fixed it for you… 😀

  38. Redtruth

    Pierre
    “’I’m sure the doubts about Emery have already started to fester . I admire you for your loyalty to Emery but I’m afraid it’s a misplaced loyalty..”

    Says the man who put so much faith in a loser like Wenger lol

  39. Dissenter

    Pierre
    How does it feel to have continuous penile tumescence since the team started struggling.
    It seems you’re on cloud nine these days because it supports your “be careful-what you wish for” feelings.

  40. azed

    “I’m sure the doubts about Emery have already started to fester . I admire you for your loyalty to Emery but I’m afraid it’s a misplaced loyalty..”

    Pierre

    If you had told me at the beginning of the season, that with 3 games to go, we would still have a chance to finish in the top 4, I would have grabbed it with both hands.

    My only disappointment with Emery is not kicking Ozil out in January.

    By the way, no Ozil at Watford, we win.
    Ozil at home against Crystal Palace , away at Everton and Wolves, we lose..

    Beginning of the season, we were get the results away from home without Ozil, bringing him back was Emery’s one big mistake.

  41. Dissenter

    azed
    “My only disappointment with Emery is not kicking Ozil out in January.

    That’s mean man
    You’re asking for Pierre-icide, Pierre will vaporize when Ozil is kicked out.

  42. bennydevito

    jwlApril 25, 2019    16:59:53

    I wonder how Benny and his son did at Wolves match, what a shite game to go watch, his father in law must have been insufferable with gloating

    >>>>>

    I’m still numb with shock mate.

    I’ve been dazed and confused since I got home at 11.15pm last night.

    Sat in the Wolves end going through that having to stand up and clap like I was enjoying each goal going in was the worst experience of my life.

    Gave me a LOT of food for thought though.

  43. azed

    Dissenter
    “That’s mean man”

    Every time I watch Bernado Silva or KDB play, I get more convinced that whoever was involved in the Ozil contract should be put in jail and the keys thrown away….

  44. Marc

    Pedro

    You need to lay down some rules on here – this place is beginning to look like a refuge for the nutjobs Untold kicked out for being too pro Wenger.

    I enjoy your posts and some of the commenters on here are well worth coming on for but there’s a small group of people that aren’t Arsenal supporters, they are Wenger supporters who are killing the site.

  45. bennydevito

    Ozil was atrocious at Wolves. No pace, no dribbling, no invention, no idea.

    Al he brings to the party is micro passing as quick as possible to the nearest team mate like the ball is a grenade about to go off. He needs to be 2nd out the door after Mustafi.

  46. bennydevito

    Woab,

    It was shocking. Made worse by my genuine belief that we would bounce back after our terrible performance against Palace and pull of a win and my only problem would be not jumping up and cheering too much and getting my head kicked in.

    It was the exact opposite. I can’t actually put into words how bad it was.

    The chants of “Champions league, you’re having a laugh, Champions league, you’re having a laugh!” are still ringing in my ears and will haunt me forever.

    I am mentally scarred.

  47. Words on a Blog

    Luckily for me I didn’t watch the match and was at drinks after a meeting in London.

    I still kept getting WhatsApp messages from my best friend at Uni who lives in Dublin. He’s a a die hard Wolves supporter (still remember his “Bully for England” chants from back in the day when Steve Bull was their big thing) and his long-suffering teenage son is an Arsenal supporter…..

  48. MidwestGun

    I am mentally scarred.
    ____________
    Damn Benny… Well on behalf of Arsenal fans everywhere … apologies. We deserve better players, a better manager and a better owner. Will we ever get that… fuck if I know. That shit was embarrassing.

    And yes Red I know AW was embarrassing too.. but seriously can we get a manager who knows how to win road matches.. at the very least.

    Regarding Ozil.. His best asset is passing vision and reading the game.. problem is he needs time and space, especially around the box and is terrible at hold up play and shielding the ball. Hence why he plays better at home where teams give us more room or on the counter attack where less players are there to defend. For what we pay him he should be one of the top 3 players in every game.. or close to it. But instead we have a dude who is useless in 50% of our matches. And sadly he is our only option at cam. The rest are complete pony.

  49. Sid

    Unn

    Hahah
    Wenger did that with a barley there defence, setting records along the way and only Henry choking cost him the highest of all.

    But it took him 8 years to do that, didn’t it? Kinda disingenuous that, comparing an 8 year achievement to a 9 month achievement.

  50. Chitom

    “I’m sure the doubts about Emery have already started to fester . I admire you for your loyalty to Emery but I’m afraid it’s a misplaced loyalty..“

    What loyalty?
    We all have doubts about him, we just refuse to set our hair on fire every time Arsenal lose and come on here to gloat.
    Guess what Sherlock, predicting Emery’s failure required no terrible insight , every potential candidate would’ve had the odds stocked against him trying to change the culture of this club.

    He’s getting another season at minimum , so I suppose we can all look forward to debating this issue at nauseam which Im guessing is right up your alley.

    You can always take pride in the fact that you were one of the first Emery out on here when he ultimately fails.

    But I’m gonna do you one better still and predict that the next Arsenal manager, whoever he might be, will also fail to make us into a contender so there, four or five years from now you can mention my name and wonder how on earth I could’ve made such a “brilliant“prediction site unseen so to speak.
    But I will forever be first then 🙂

  51. Tony

    “You’re asking for Pierre-icide, Pierre will vaporize when Ozil is kicked out.”

    Hope someone puts it up on You Tube!

  52. Chitom

    You need to lay down some rules on here – this place is beginning to look like a refuge for the nutjobs Untold kicked out for being too pro Wenger.

    ——————
    Comment of the thread lol.

  53. gonsterous

    Give me mustafi over djorou and the rest any day of the week. in a group of terrible defenders, mustafi isn’t bad, among a group of good defenders, Mustafi is bad.

    Looking at the comments, I can conclude that it won’t matter which manager or player comes in, there’s always someone that won’t rate them. We could get in Sarri, Conte, Arteta, Viera, the debate and condescending comments will still be the same bile and vile ones.

  54. Tony

    Chitom
    Perfectly summed up.

    Pierre is so happy his messiah Wenger screwed the club so badly that it’s going to take a long time (years) to fix with, as you say, several managers trying their level best.

    No elite manager will want to touch us as happened last summer when Allegri and co backed off.

    Pierre is in his element because it’s the only time in his life he is going to be right and he can say” Told you so!” and keep his Wenger agenda firmly driven.

    His Ozil affliction will bring him crashing down to earth when he can’t offer any more massaged stats.

    Just wonder who Pierre will find next to satisfy is idolosis fixation next?

    Must be a terrible condition/affliction along with loseritus to have, as it seems there is no cure or why else would Pierre support a manager who only won 3 cups in 14 years and no league titles ruining the clubs finances in the process with the CEO He approved the hire of?

    Still this blog needs the odd comedian and Pierre is very odd!

  55. Dark Hei

    gonsterous

    I get what you mean.

    But no bad defender does the nuclear option with as much conviction as Mustafi.

  56. Dark Hei

    “Where does Mustafi now rank amongst our recent CB’s – Djourou, Squilaci, Silvestre, Senderos???”

    Silvestre is at the bottom of the pile.

    Followed by Squid; but I think Squilaci can’t cope with Wenger’s system but might not be that bad.

    Senderos was great in his first season. He was like a superstar. And then he got psychologically dismantled by Drogba.

    Djourou. Another guy who looked great in his debut season. Then he got injured and wasn’t the same. Great skill on the ball but just slow to react to danger.

    There is also this guy called Igor Stephanos. Another great debut followed by soul destroying Drogba crush.

  57. Pierre

    it is a very telling stat regarding Alexis Sanchez scoring and assisting the most away goals from 2014 to 2017/18.
    Since he left we have won 6 out of 25 away from home.

    Alexis has been a shadow of himself Since he left Arsenal.
    Ozil has never been the same player since Sanchez left.

    Those 2 had a fantastic onfield relationship , the chemistry was 2nd to none and their games complimented each other.
    Arsene Wenger recognised the importance of their chemistry and he allowed it to flourish which was influential in our trophy success at that time.

    I’m sure Sanchez regrets his decision to leave as he believed the grass was greener elsewhere.
    Sanchez probably didn’t realise at the time but having a player like Ozil alongside him who would feed him the ball and a manager like Wenger who recognised his ability to create and influence games and never putting restrictions in his way , allowed him to be such an effective player for Arsenal.

    Ozil has had very similar difficulties since Sanchez left and under a new manager.

    It’s no coincidence that Ozil’s stats have deteriorated alarmingly since January last year ( when Sanchez left).
    He has gone from being one of the most creative players in Europe in the first half of last season to just another player.

    It’s obvious that Emery doesn’t know how to use him ( unlike wenger ) and it’s obvious that he doesn’t trust him on the field ( unlike wenger) and the situation has become detrimental to The Arsenal football team.

    One of the other ( or both ) have to leave for the club to move forward.

  58. Leftsidesanch

    ‘it is a very telling stat regarding Alexis Sanchez scoring and assisting the most away goals from 2014 to 2017/18.
    Since he left we have won 6 out of 25 away from home.’

    I’ve mentioned this twice in the last two days on here, it speaks volumes and surprised more haven’t spoken about it.

  59. Pierre

    Good morning Tony

    6 days ago Emery had won you over and you was “liking him” more and more.

    You were fooled by him weren’t you.

    You thought that struggling to beat a ten man Watford team and a victory v Napoli was confirmation that he really did know what he was doing.

    I’m sure you won’t fall into that trap again Tony ( or will you).

    Beating Napoli ( a team that was made for Arsena/ Emery to beat ) fooled many , so don’t feel any embarrassment as there were many on Le Grove in the same boat.

    It was only the astute posters on here who recognised that the Watford and Napoli results were not as they seemed to be.

    And Tony , it’s the flip floppers (like you) who are the comedians…you probably will never be in the position of saying “i told you so ” as you struggle with football don’t you.

    Due to the constant barrage of abuse I receive on here , yes I will continue to remind posters of my correct analysis as I know how much it annoys them.

  60. HighburyLegend

    I suppose he will totally disappear if we win the ELC…

    But of course he has already start to burn all the candles of his church, while praying it will not happen…
    To resume : he’s a true Gooner.

  61. gonsterous

    Pierre

    fooled by emery ? I don’t think anyone is going through that bipolar stage of liking a manager after a win and then asking for his resignation after a defeat. You analyse what he has done in the past 6 months not what he’s been doing every other week.
    Looking at the season so far, it’s fair to say emery deserves his second season at arsenal.

  62. Tony

    Pierre
    Selective narrative choice again, Pierre, as per usual to suit your agenda.

    Never mind it’s just who you are.

    Yes I said that but I also said I’d judge him at the end of the season, which you conveniently left out.

    Equally, I’ve also said recently that as soon as Emery starts to gain more positivity from me and others, Emery exercises eccentric behavior and poor judgement with his team selection and game management – that’s substitutions and formation changes in case you have any doubt.

    Suggest you read my post Palace and Everton posts.

    Good try Pierre.

    Next……….

  63. gunnershabz

    can you lot name the worse top 5 defenders in the wenger and emery era

    senderos
    stephanvos
    nelson vivas
    upson
    cygan
    silvestre
    mustafi
    oleg lushny
    david grondin
    stahis travlidies
    manu eboue
    william gallas
    armand troure
    iqnasi miquel
    andre santos
    gilles grimandi

  64. shaun

    Lets be honest here Emery has had three chances to take advantage in the top four race and failed all three and pretty miserably at that with some shocking decisions …the Everton selection can’t be ignored …is the guy really that out of touch with his players to make a selection like that.Emery seems a little to comfortable to me and does not seem that bothered when he loses ..could of course be the wenger effect at the board level where winning is no the most important thing .But if he does not get champs league or Europa league then try a new manager , we want a special manager at arsenal who can do special things as a coach.These guys are getting paid serious money and if you don’t deliver you go don’t think it is that big a deal .Emery is not playing the most attractive football so he has to deliver ..loosing badly against Everton , Crystal Palace and wolves when they are actually must win games tells me you not good enough as a coach and lets be honest we got incredible luck against Watford..anyway the point is wait till the end of the season and if he delivers then give him another season but with the mentioned limited funds as even if we make the top four and win Europa I still won’t be convinced

  65. Chitom

    Arsene Wenger recognised the importance of their chemistry and he allowed it to flourish which was influential in our trophy success at that time.

    He also allowed them to run down their contracts and watched £60 m walk out the door( could’ve been more had he not waited thill the last six months in Alexis ‘ case). And then gave Ozil and his agent a blank check and said “ here, write your own number please” to save face in a market where no other clubs were willing to touch him with a ten foot pole, while claiming with a straight face players running down contracts was the new trend in football.

    Let’s see if Chelsea and Tottenham are on board with that ( Hazard , Ericksen)

    If I were you I’d probably want to avoid talking about Sanchez and Ozil too much under the circumstances.

  66. Un Na naai

    Shabz

    You what? Upson was a good defender. As was Oleg the horse and Gilles Grimandi was more of a cmf who was a lot better than Elneny
    Eboue was great in the beginning too.
    Did you even watch us back then?

  67. Un Na naai

    Left side

    We should have just threw a £300k contract at him and let ozil leave. I don’t buy that he can’t perform anymore just because he’s sinking in a swamp of negativity at United. They were never the right fit for him. Had he gone to city he would still be popping them in like he used to for us.

  68. gunnershabz

    Un na nai

    they were some suggestions thats all, i been watching arsenal since 1991

    eboue did get a good run of games but then was booed by arsenal fans

    upson had potential but didnt really get going

  69. Dark Hei

    Pierre

    The reason why Ozil struggles is not because of Sanchez.

    It is because of Cazorla and his pal Coquelin.

    That was one hell of a platform.

    Once they are unavailable, the defense and attack went South.

  70. gunnershabz

    i have had a look at valencia team and they do have some decent players

    kevin gamiero
    santi mina
    goncalo guedes
    dani parejo
    kongdobia
    garay
    j gaya

    there some good players in there that can cause us problems

    they be similar to wolves playing style

  71. Bamford10

    Dark Hei

    No, it’s because Ozil isn’t all that dynamic a player any more. And Cazorla and Francis Coquelin weren’t all that great of a midfield platform. That midfield was decent at times, I guess, but ultimately totally inadequate.

  72. Arsnil

    @Bamford10
    As you have seen over the last two games you can’t really put the word dynamic and Arsenal into the one sentence. The type of sluggish overpaid players that we have been acquiring over the past number of years has been staggering. Compare the dynamism and running of the Invincibles team to what we have now is just sad. Compare us to say Ajax and even the Spuds and we are away behind most teams competing for the Champions League.
    In the self same way when you do a compariso nwith the two runaway leaders in the league then would just quite simply run us off the park. If there is a crumb of comfort in any of this it would be that Ajax have proved that a dynamic team can be put together on a realtively small budget providing that you have a manager, owner, scouts and trainers that are themselves dynamic. But at the moment we are a reflection of our owner. Docile, lazy and just not up to it.

  73. Bamford10

    Shabz

    Yeah, I think Valencia are going to be tough. Especially with our being without Ramsey. If we had Ramsey, Bellerin and Welbeck, and if Monreal were 30 and not 33, I would give us a better chance. As we are, I am pessimistic.

  74. gunnershabz

    Bamford

    the good thing is we are at home first

    so hopefully a 2-0 victory would be great

    clean sheet needed again

  75. Bamford10

    Arsnil

    I agree with a lot of that, except that I don’t think it has anything to do with the current owner. We have spent plenty of money over the past 5-6 years; we simply haven’t spent it well. Most of the malaise at Arsenal at the moment is down to Arsene Wenger and his bad decisions. It will take some time to transform things.

  76. Dark Hei

    Bamford

    If I recall correctly. the team with the highest point total in calendar year of 2015, was Arsenal.

    That was the period when Cazorla and Coquelin were playing together.

    Coquelin led Europe for defensive stats. Let that sink in.

    Then Wenger replaced Cazorla with Xhaka………………face palm.

  77. Dark Hei

    Bamford/gunnersz

    I think we will smash Valencia.

    We have ourselves an ex-Valencia defender, the great Mustafi who will provide us all the know-how and insight we need.

  78. Arsnil

    Bamford10
    You could certainly be right but it’s just that I can’t help thinking that Kroenke just doesn’t take enough of a hands on approach in basic matters like … you spend was it £35 million on the likes of Mustafi and nobody is held to account. If it is seen as nothing more than a business to him then that’s fine but run your business properly and not from a glass eyrie in the heavens.
    At one time our scouting department was the best in Europe bar none. Now even when we spend money we buy dross. And yet the likes of Ajax can time after time produce new teams which they invariably have to sell. But they replace them with players of a real calibre. Yes Man. Citeh have oddles of money but look at the kind of player they keep head hunting. Dynamic, hungry, sharp players. We have Ozil on £350,000 a week. Just say that slowly to yourself. If his salary was commesurate with his efforts then you would be knocking of the three nods.

  79. Bamford10

    Arsnil

    Yeah, I’m with you, except that Stan Kroenke doesn’t know the first thing about football, so I wouldn’t want him taking a “hands on” approach to recruitment. Mustafi was a bad buy (as was Xhaka) and we shouldn’t have re-signed Ozil, but these decisions are down to the football men who made them — read, Wenger — not the owner.

  80. Dark Hei

    Bamford10

    I have completely lost my marbles, lol.

    Valencia seemed to have climbed up the tables after selling us Mustafi.

    That is telling.

  81. Gbat

    I just don’t understand why some on here blame the manager for everything. It’s like they think he’s controlling everything a player does like a computer game. It’s down to the players on the pitch to perform. Tactics can only get you so far. Mistakes and bad performances can undo even the greatest tactics.

  82. HighburyLegend

    Last night I’ve watch the Centurions dvd, edited a long time ago for the 100 goals of Bergkamp and Henry.
    Strange feeling watching wenger, in fact he wasn’t much more “passionnate” or “involved” at that time than he was during his last years at the club…

    My conclusion is that there was so many class players on the pitch, wenger had nothing to do, they could have done what they did even without him.
    (Pierre, sorry mate… lol)

  83. Valentin

    During that period the conbination Cazorla Coquelin was great for us. It went downhill as soon as Cazorla was injured.
    Instead of trying to improve Coquelin, Wenger instructed him to simply pass to Cazorla or backward. The second negative impact of that approach is that teams started to swarm Cazorla knowing that he was our main forward pass threat resulting in him getting more and more injured by badly timed tackle.
    The worst thing is that Coquelin played right winger during his year long loan in Germany. He had the capacity to improve and be a more rounded midfielder.
    When Cazorla was replaced by Xhaka, Coquelin could not play with him as his forward play was not good enough. Now at Valencia, he has improved that side of his game. Still a decent defensive midfielder, but he can also pass forward or even make direct run toward goals.

  84. Bamford10

    Coquelin + Cazorla might have been more effective than this or that central midfield, but the notion that that was a “great” midfield is revisionist nonsense. Coquelin was decent on the defensive side of the ball but not even close to the quality needed with the ball at his feet. Cazorla was an excellent player and could perhaps have been a very good CM if paired with two other complementary CMs, but he had his deficiencies as well.

  85. Jamie

    Talking up Coquelin now. Jesus. Flamini was a more complete footballer during his 2nd stint with us than Coquelin ever was, which is saying something. Cazorla made Coq look 3 times the player he was for us during his 6 month purple patch.

  86. Bamford10

    Valentin

    “I clearly remember that when we beat Leicester on the last minute with a Welbeck goal, everybody thought that we were destined to win the league.”

    Again, I don’t know who you were talking to in those days, but I can tell you that “everyone” did not think we were “destined” to win the league. Indeed, aside from one or two AKBs, no one here thought we were “destined” to win the league that season. Few here even gave us a good chance.

    More importantly, that win was in mid-February. By mid-March, we were 11 points back of Leicester City. To “contend” for a title, you need to be in contention in April and May, not out of contention in March.

    So I’m afraid that that is not an example of Wenger having contended for a title in his second ten years.

    I think you also claimed that we contended for the title in 07-08, a claim I’ll try to circle back to.

  87. Bamford10

    To return to the Wolves loss, I contend that that was on the poverty of the squad, not on the manager. This current set of players simply isn’t good enough.

    Monreal – not good enough anymore
    Sokratis – good not great
    Koscielny – good but old
    Maitland-Niles – not good enough
    Xhaka – not good enough
    Torreira – good not great
    Ozil – not good enough
    Lacazette – good not great
    Iwobi – not good enough
    Mkhitaryan – not good enough
    Leno – decent but poor that night

  88. Bamford10

    Tony [re Wolves loss]

    “We had 71% possession [yet] shipped three goals in the first half without a shot on goal in reply.”

    This is because our attacking players — and our attacking play in general — are simply not good enough.

    To go back to when we actually had a top-four caliber squad, what would have occurred if Van Persie, Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin and Rosicky were in the XI against Wolves? We would have created chances, we would have scored goals.

    And if we had better and in some cases younger legs across the back four and in defensive midfield, we might have snuffed out some of their quick counterattacks.

    We lack quality all over the pitch, and our keeper was poor last night as well.

    (Slow day so far, so I decided to re-post this.)

  89. bennydevito

    God there’s some thick bastards on here. The Everton and Palace team selections were forced by injuries and suspensions, but the dipshit Emery haters are deliberately ignoring this fact.

  90. HighburyLegend

    “what would have occurred if Van Persie, Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin and Rosicky were in the XI against Wolves?”

    What would have occurred if I had won the lottery ?
    ((answer : I would have bought back the club)

  91. bennydevito

    Pierre:

    “Beating Napoli ( a team that was made for Arsena/ Emery to beat ) fooled many , so don’t feel any embarrassment as there were many on Le Grove in the same boat.”

    This is quite possibly the stupidest thing ever written on here.

    So let me get this straight: back in August 1926 the founders of Napoli football club decided to form Napoli with the help of their crystal ball for the one and only purpose for Emery to come along in 2019 so he could knock them out of the Europa League with Arsenal? That’s what you’re saying by your retarded statement that Napoli were made for Emery to beat.

    What a thick cunt thing to say.

  92. bennydevito

    Bamford10April 26, 2019    11:20:08

    Tony [re Wolves loss]

    “We had 71% possession [yet] shipped three goals in the first half without a shot on goal in reply.”

    This is because our attacking players — and our attacking play in general — are simply not good enough.

    To go back to when we actually had a top-four caliber squad, what would have occurred if Van Persie, Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin and Rosicky were in the XI against Wolves? We would have created chances, we would have scored goals.

    And if we had better and in some cases younger legs across the back four and in defensive midfield, we might have snuffed out some of their quick counterattacks.

    We lack quality all over the pitch, and our keeper was poor last night as well.

    (Slow day so far, so I decided to re-post this.)

    >>>>>

    100% spot on. Lacazette was abysmal as too was Ozil, MK, Iwobi, all of them but I don’t think anyone has mentioned that their first goal wasn’t a free kick he ran into the defender and the Wolves manager said it was a lucky decision, their second goal was offside which VAR would have showed and we should have had a penalty when Lacazette was clearly pushed over. None of this negates the fact we were utterly shit and totally outplayed.

  93. Nelson

    I understand what Wenger’s thinking. Before his last season, we were just one point off the top4. He had to get us back top4 to keep his job. He has added Laca to the team. If Sanchez behaved like Ramsey, he could have succeeded. Instead, Sanchez became a cancer to the team. He had no choice but to move him. The Mikki deal was probably his only option.
    The rush to sign Ozil was another big mistake. There maybe other factors there that fans didn’t know about. (sponsor deal or season ticket sale, etc). It was one mistake compound over another. It resulted in Wenger’s firing. He gambled on Sanchez to keep his job and he failed.

  94. Un Na naai

    We lost because emery didn’t set his stall out properly. He rested his first team against palace (a game in which his tactics plus Mustafi cost us vital points) to focus on the wolves game. He’s lost his last 3 premier league games on the bounce
    This squad went 22 games unbeaten this season and then he was a genius but now he’s fucked up it’s the squad’s fault.
    He can’t coach defence
    His attacking strategy is too predictable
    He has no variety
    He picks the wrong team in almost every match
    He can’t seem to set his stall up to win away
    He can’t motivate his players

    This is why we are dropping points at grounds in which we should be winning against teams who aren’t as good as us but still manage to spend more money than we do.

  95. bennydevito

    Bamford,

    Very slow day but tbh I don’t know about you but I can’t be arsed to argue with all the pricks anymore who are in complete denial as to how bad our squad is and how any new manager regardless of who they are will need at least 3 years and substantial amounts of money to remedy the serious holes in our squad.

  96. Batistuta

    Un na

    We were useless last season and trophy less and finished outside the top four for the second year running…..No one cares about flair and variety, just results

  97. bennydevito

    Un nai,

    Yes you’re right; Ramsey was rested not injured, Xhaka was rested not injured, Monreal was rested not recovering from illness, Sokratis was rested not suspended, Torreira was rested and wasn’t nursing a groin strain.

    So yes, Emery needlessly changed the team.

  98. Un Na naai

    Oh yea I forgot the Watford “victory”
    So he’s lost 3/4 and was extremely fortunate to win the Watford game

  99. Un Na naai

    Batistuta

    Yes and if we stay we were are and go no further than Valencia then we have done no better. In that case yes I’d enjoy a little flair while we paddle sideways

  100. Un Na naai

    Benny

    They were brought back for the wolves game and we still lost. We didn’t lose v palace because it wasn’t our strongest side. We lost because we were set up poorly defensively and because these players just aren’t as motivated as the opposition
    We are better than place
    We are better than wolves
    We are better than Everton
    So it’s not the personnel
    It’s that simple

  101. Gbat

    How come it’s Emery can’t win and Emery was extremely fortunate?

    Do you blame the players for anything? As they are the ones actually playing.

  102. Un Na naai

    Our squad is bad because we let our best players go
    Wilshere
    Cazorla
    Ramsey
    Giroud
    Walcott
    Sanchez

    They all offer more than what we currently have as a collective
    That’s why those players had us in the top 4 and these players don’t

    But these players are better than they are currently showing and that’s down to systems, coaching and motivation.

  103. Batistuta

    Un na

    Don’t exactly know what you mean by paddling away….Results may not have gone our way recently but we still have opportunities on 2 competitions to achieve our target for the season which is to get back into the champions league any which way

  104. Un Na naai

    Beacuse he’s the manager
    He picks the team. Sets the team out. And apparently had an impressive dossier on each player and how best to utilise them. Yes certain individuals must take their share, Mustafi, Aubameyang and ozil being prime candidates but they are marching to the beat of his drum and his drum isn’t tuned properly.

  105. Un Na naai

    Batistuta

    I said paddling sideways
    Which we are.
    As it stands we are no better than last season
    Spurs spent nothing and are 3rd and into the champions league semi final

  106. Batistuta

    Un na

    We’re still in with a shout at achieving our target from the start of the season which was, get back into the champions league any way we can. That will be the measure of whether we’ve improved on last season or not

  107. Pierre

    Bennydevito
    I did put you down as someone with intelligence though slightly irrational in your thinking.

    So by me saying that Napoli were made for Arsenal to beat you didn’t have to write

    “So let me get this straight: back in August 1926 the founders of Napoli football club decided to form Napoli with the help of their crystal ball for the one and only purpose for Emery to come along in 2019 so he could knock them out of the Europa League with Arsenal? ”

    I hope you was just being deliberately stupid , if not then I worry about your sanity.

    Napoli were made for Arsenal to beat them by

    1) having no physicality or aggression ( unlike palace and wolves)

    2) having no pace ( unlike palace and wolves)

    3)continuing throughout the 2 legs of playing out from the back, allowing us to implement the high press( unlike against palace and Wolves)

    4) were one dimensional ( unlike palace and wolves )

    5) had no threat from dead ball situations (unlike palace and wolves)

    It is not advisable to call someone a “thick cunt” especially if you come across as exactly that when you lack the basic understanding to comprehend what is written.

  108. Nelson

    I believe that Emery’s ELC record is the major reason why Emery got the job. The board wants him to get us back to Champions League through that route. The quality of our squad is 6th at best with Walves and Watford coming close to matching us. For better or for worse, we are fighting for the top4 spot. It has costed our team to be over extended. I am sure that if Emery is focusing only on ELC, we have a better chance to succeed. Now we are running the risk of losing on both fronts.

  109. Un Na naai

    No. No. I get it now. I’ve re watched the last 4 games and I’ve finally figured it out.

    Arsene Wenger lost 3/4 of the last games. He was out there, giving instructions and picking the side. Deciding on tactics. Got it.

  110. Un Na naai

    Yeah Benny

    What’s with all the abuse?
    In your last offerings you’ve called people thick cunts and pricks. Bit heavy don’t you think for a football discussion blog considering nobody is treating you in such a discourteous fashion.